How to finally put blisters behind you

Here is your simple guide to blister prevention


A blister is a fluid filled lesion that develops on the top layer of the skin. The clear watery fluid inside a blister is called serum and if the blister remains closed the serum can provide natural protection to the skin beneath. A blister will commonly form on the hands and feet, where the outermost skin layer is the thickest. 


How do blisters form?

Blisters form in the epidermis or dermis layer of skin that has been irritated, this is to cushion the underlying tissue for further stress.

Blisters on the feet are more common due to the constant stress from walking, running and standing. They are frequently seen around the heels, toes and ankles. Blisters often occur to individuals who are active, especially in sports such as running, hiking and biking.


How do we stop getting blisters?

  1. Wear the correct fitting footwear and socks: Improper footwear can cause the heel to slide forwards causing the toes to rub against each other or on the front, top or sides of the shoe.
  2. Lubricate your feet: Lubricants such as petroleum jelly or sports gel can help to reduce friction between the skin and your shoes.
  3. Keep your feet, socks and shoes dry: Keeping your feet dry helps to reduce the risk of blisters. Antiperspirant sprays can be used on your feet or sprinkling a small amount of talcum powder within your shoes and socks can help to wick up moisture. Changing socks throughout the day will also benefit your feet on long days where your feet might get sweaty. 


What happens if you develop a blister?

Most blisters will heal on their own. Try and resist the urge to pop the blister, if a blister is popped there is more chance of infection which can lead to further complications. Betadine ointment is a great antiseptic to kill any bacteria to a minor infection. Ensure you speak to your podiatrist or GP if your blister continues to be painful, red and swollen.

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